Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Updates on Teaching and Outreach for the Parker Academy Project

The Parker Academy Team has been busy sharing our work with communities in the Tri-State area including Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
View of the Parker Academy buildings, property, and the Ohio River.

Last month we participated in the Ohio River National Freedom Corridor Conference (ORNFC) in Maysville, KY (check out the group's website: http://www.ohiorivernationalfreedomcorridor.org/ ). We engaged in a lively panel discussion about the Parker Academy Project and related themes with a large audience from all over the US. Our panel is discussed in more detail here: https://parkeracademy.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/parker-academy-at-the-2016-underground-railroad-conference/
Our Parker Academy Panel a the ORNFC Conference.

We also set up a new exhibit at the Pendleton County Library in Falmouth, KY.The exhibit will be up through mid-December. You can expect to see artifacts from our excavations of the men's dorm and the school house as well as photos and items from the archives. The librarians have created a collection of books for all ages that relate to the Parker Academy Project themes which are displayed along with the historical and archaeological materials. Our team will host a round table discussion about the project at the Pendleton Co. Library in January or February of 2017.

The Pendleton Co. Library, Falmouth, KY.
The Parker Academy Exhibit at the Library in Falmouth, KY.
Books on display with the Parker Academy Exhibit.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Parker Academy

  Founded in 1839, the Parker Academy was one of but a scant few college preparatory schools to promote racial integration and co-gender education in the Antebellum Ohio. #nku #history #ohio #historicalarchaeology  #racialintergration  #education

Founded in 1839, the Parker Academy represents the first school in Ohio, possibly the first in the country, to offer gender and racial equality-based education in the same classroom between 1839 to 1889. 

NKU  faculty and students from the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Philosophy and the Department of History and Geography have been working at the Parker Academy site since spring 2015.

Click here to view the Parker Academy Wordpress site

Our team recently gave a public forum on our work at the Parker Academy site and in the archives. We have an exhibit a the Clermont Co. library in New Richmond. It will be open to the public through October. More information is on our Wordpress site: https://parkeracademy.wordpress.com

Follow our progress and check out our findings...
You can also follow the Parker Academy project on Instagram, @parkeracademydig.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Supporters and Friends: Standing with Standing Rock!

Kiksuya/First Nations is standing with Standing Rock Reservation as they organize to protect our water!  We will be driving a U-Haul to North Dakota this fall with needed supplies.  Watch here for more information as it becomes available, and please come to our meeting on Wednesday, September 14 at noon in Landrum 207 to help us plan!  Contact Dr. Grant at grantn@nku.edu if you have questions.

Here are some links to learn more about what is happening at Standing Rock and why we stand with them:

If you would like to consider signing the petition to support Standing Rock, go to this link:

September is Kentucky Archaeology Month!

Kentucky Archaeology Month 2016 – 30 Days of Kentucky Archaeology

Photo: Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C./Art Resource (The earliest writing in the system developed by the Cherokee known as Sequoyah has been found in a Kentucky cave.)

By: Nicolas R. Laracuente, MA

Archaeology Review Coordinator, Kentucky Heritage Council

Welcome to Kentucky Archaeology Month 2016! For the last two years the Governor has proclaimed September as Kentucky Archaeology Month and we have celebrated a wide array of interesting archaeology projects and public events that take place throughout the Commonwealth, especially the annual Living Archaeology Weekend (http://www.livingarchaeologyweekend.org). LAW is Kentucky’s oldest and largest public archaeology event, which has taken place since 1989 in Daniel Boone National Forest/Red River Gorge. This year the 28th annual LAW will be Sept. 17 at Gladie Visitor Center in Slade, KY, and as always this is free to the public.

To kick things up a notch from previous years, we are borrowing an idea from our neighbors to the south. For the last two years, Tennessee has celebrated Archaeology Awareness Month (also during September) with a blogfest. 30 posts in 30 days on any aspect of Tennessee Archaeology (https://tennesseearchaeologycouncil.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/30-days-of-tennessee-archaeology-2015-day-1/). Surely, we have more than enough material here in Kentucky to join them.
We are already starting to see posts roll in, so check the KyOPA website (http://www.kyopa.org/30-days-of-kentucky-archaeology/) daily for new posts! There may be a story on something that is right in your backyard.

Aside from LAW there will be plenty of other things to see and do during September. Watch for future posts on public archaeology days at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site (http://parks.ky.gov/parks/historicsites/wickliffe-mounds/) or archaeology during the Gaslight Festival in Louisville (http://www.jtownchamber.com/gaslightfestival.aspx). I wouldn’t be surprised to see some invitations to artifact wash nights, where volunteers join archaeologists and students at the Office of State Archaeology in Lexington to sort and clean artifacts recovered from field schools and other excavations.

There are a few upcoming presentations as well – The Eastern Kentucky Archaeology Group will be hosting a Larry Gray at the Boonesborough Campground Recreation Building on September 28. Gray will be discussing his research on prehistoric ceramics recovered from a site in the Red River Gorge.
Watch the Kentucky Archaeology Month Calendar (http://www.kyopa.org/kam-calendar/) for details on these and other events.

Check out these links for more information on Kentucky Archaeology: